Pitch Perfect may have started as a simple musical comedy about an all-girls singing group and the larger world of competitions and rivalries that entails. However, Universal Pictures now has its next big franchise on its hands.

Following the first film’s status as a sleeper hit, Pitch Perfect 2 took everyone by surprise when it surpassed the first film’s box office take in its first weekend of release. Now, just a month after the previous film hit theaters, we know when to expect its follow-up.

Universal has officially announced that Pitch Perfect 3 will be released on July 21, 2017. The press release also specifically mentions that stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will return to headline the film’s cast, though there’s still no indication of what the film’s plot will entail or who will direct the film. Further confirming her involvement in the film, Kendrick herself took to Instagram to share the playful image below.

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The release date for Pitch Perfect 3 marks an even quicker turnaround than the three-year gap between the first and second film. Given the massive success the series is enjoying (and the fact that development has been underway for some time), it’s hardly a surprise that the studio is looking to fast-track another installment.

There was initially some doubt whether Kendrick and Wilson would be back onboard, since reports indicated that new contracts would be in order. No doubt Pitch Perfect fans are pleased to hear both that they are both signed on to reprise their roles. At this point we don’t know what story screenwriter Kay Cannon has in store to keep the franchise’s original stars actively involved in the story, considering how the second film ended.

The Pitch Perfect fanbase has proven the viability of a franchise, but it’s unclear how much of its appeal depends on fan-favorite characters like those played by Kendrick and Wilson. Universal will almost certainly not be able to hang on to them forever, especially with their growing popularity thanks to these films. Still, the studio is smart to keep them involved alongside newcomers like Hailee Steinfeld, who we already know is signed on for sequels.

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Pitch Perfect 3 will hit theaters on July 21, 2017.

Source: Universal, Anna Kendrick